Hot and Spicy Stew Chicken

Here’s an easy hot and spicy stew chicken recipe that will get the juices flowing. It’s inspired by typical Dominican pollo guisado or stewed chicken but with very intense spicy flavors of ghost and chipotle peppers. The chipotle sauce I used adds smokiness to the dish and the ghost pepper brings the heat. I used a whole pepper and just dropped it into the sauce while chicken was cooking, this way I was able to control the heat. Cooking the whole pepper gives you more of the pepper flavor but if you don’t want it to be too spicy you must make sure it doesn’t burst so keep an eye on it. If you want it super hot you can chop up the pepper and add it in or add the pepper whole and remove it after it bursts. The longer you leave it in the hotter the chicken will get.


This hot and spicy stew chicken is savory, saucy and would go well over rice, with vegetable sides, baked potatoes or bread. The hot peppers can be very intense so have it with something that’s going to balance that heat and keep a cool drink handy!


Ghost Pepper and Chipotle Stew Chicken

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Maria


  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 4 oz can chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1 whole ghost pepper
  • 1 tsp Adobo
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cups of water


  • In a heavy enamel pot or saute pan, heat up oil on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Stir in the garlic.
  • Season the chicken with Adobo. If you don't have it season with salt & pepper or your favorite spice blend. Add the chicken and cook until slightly brown. Pour in the can of chipotle pepper sauce and add a cup of water. Stir and add the whole ghost pepper.
  • Let mixture come to a boil and cover the pot. Cook chicken thoroughly for 15-20 minutes checking after to make sure chicken doesn't get too try or liquid boils off. This chicken stew should be saucy. Add more water if needed.
  • Serve chicken with rice, tortillas, crusty bread or anything to sop up that sauce.


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